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Westford Health Director Jeffrey Stephens reported late afternoon on March 19 that a resident has tested positive for the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). The announcement marks the first case with a positive test result in Westford.
The information was provided by the state Department of Public Health.
Stephens said the “case is being handled according to stringent protocols recommended by the DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In his notice, Stephens stated, “Given the growing risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 locally, the Board of Health and Health Department are urging all residents to exercise vigilance in adhering to recommended practices aimed at reducing transmission and lowering the curve. Anyone, even younger people, could have this disease without symptoms and potentially be spreading it to others. We must all do our part.”
Stephens provided a list of recommendations:
- Stay at home if you can (except to get medical care and shop for essential provisions).
- Protect our Senior population. They are still the most vulnerable.
- Practice social distancing. Keep 6 feet away from others to reduce risk of infection.
- Keep kids out of playgrounds.
- Avoid all unnecessary travel.
- Avoid public transportation and avoid large crowds.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently.
- Avoid private gatherings all together.
- Wear a mask if you are sick.
- Contact the Health Department at 978-692-5509 if directed to do so by your physician.
- Call 2-1-1 on your phone for additional information.
Call your healthcare professional if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
Residents may call the Health Department during normal business hours for any questions regarding COVID-19 at 978-692-5509 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.